Week 1: Stats & trends that mattered
After a full weekend of XFL action, the unknown has been identified.
Using statistics from XFL.com and our internal numbers, we have noted a specific tendency or efficiency where each team has separated themselves from the pack during the first week of the season.
Finally, after months of speculation, we were able to uncover hints of these squads' identity on the field in Week 1.
Recorded just 19 penalty yards
The XFL, overall, averaged just 52 penalty yards per team on opening weekend, but the Renegades only accounted for 19 total penalty yards, nearly half of the next-best team’s mark (Defenders, 34.) Juxtaposed to their opponents -- the Battlehawks had a league-leading 78 in their matchup -- Dallas stood out in this aspect.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone next week if this well-disciplined Bob Stoops team puts up many more points next week, especially with quarterback Landry Jones returning to the lineup.
Led XFL with 9.0 yards per pass
Led by quarterback Cardale Jones’ breakout performance, the Defenders averaged more than a full passing yard more than any other XFL team on a per-play average.
The next highest-ranked team, the St. Louis Battlehawks, posted 7.7.
Planning ahead for Jones’ ability to attack vertically, especially to receiver Rashad Ross and tight end Khari Lee, will certainly keep the New York Guardians defense busy this week in practice.
Recorded 16 QB hits vs. the Los Angeles Wildcats
In an outstanding defensive showing, the Roughnecks by far outpaced the league in Week 1 quarterback contact. In fact, the other seven XFL teams combined for 27 QB hits.
Led by pass-rusher Kony Ealy, whose five quarterback hits were more than six of the seven other teams, the Roughnecks’ defense is already the early favorite to be the league’s best.
wideout Spruce is the XFL’s first 100-yard receiver
On Saturday, the former Colorado wide receiver caught 11 of Los Angeles’ 21 completions, with the next-highest Wildcat snatching three.
In total, his 103 receiving yards matched the next six Wildcats in receiving yards combined, and Spruce proved to be the XFL’s best slot receiver so far.
Registered 8 QB hits, the second-most in the XFL
The Guardians were able to register consistent pressure against a quality Tampa Bay offensive line on Sunday. A total of six players were able to post a quarterback hit, with defensive lineman Bunmi Rotimi (one sack) and safety Wesley Sutton (two sacks) each having a pair.
The Guardians defense had the fewest points allowed of any team in Week 1, and their hits on the quarterback plus multiple interceptions should make it difficult for Cardale Jones in Week 2.
Led league in rush att. (42) and run pct. (59%)
No team matched St. Louis’ commitment to the run game this weekend.
Leading the XFL in rush attempts and run percentage, in a tight game, running back Matt Jones (85 yards) and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu (77) finished Week 1 ranked first and third, respectively, on the XFL’s leading rushers list.
And that doesn’t include their initial starting running back Christine Michael, who should have a big role throughout the season.
Split 27 touches between three running backs
While leading ball-carrier Ja’Quan Gardner (nine attempts) did not see a target in the passing game, running backs Kenneth Farrow (seven attempts, four receptions) and Trey Williams (three attempts, four receptions) tied for the second-most receptions by Dragons on Saturday. Whethher on the ground or through the air, Seattle is embracing and feeding its backfield committee.
Left tackle Isaiah Battle (ankle) missed Week 1 due to injury, and left guard Cyril Richardson (leg) left during Saturday action. If those blind-side protectors can return seamlessly, Gardner, Farrow and Williams could form a strong three-headed-monster attack.
Averaged 5.5 YPP, but went 0-for-4 in goal-to-go plays
On an overall yards-per-play basis, the Vipers were behind only the Houston Roughnecks (5.6) on the offensive end this weekend, showing that when this team can get in rhythm, they should be able to put together long drives and big plays.
The reason for their lack of points was not due to overall offensive inefficiency, but their inability to turn scoring opportunities into points, something head coach Mark Trestman will clean up for Week 2.
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